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Anguished Father Not Allowed To See West Jordan Police Shooting Victim
BLUFFDALE (ABC4 News) - An anguished father has been waiting to see his son for a day and a half since he was shot by a West Jordan police officer early Thursday morning and as of Friday evening still did not have any information about his condition.
31 year old Timothy Peterson was walking through the Jordan Landing parking lot with a friend around 12:30 Thursday morning when a West Jordan patrol officer arrived.
"As he got out and approached those individuals, he recognized one of those persons as a wanted person, also a person who had made threats to the police before," Sargent Dan Roberts of the West Jordan Police Department told media members Thursday. "The suspect fled on foot. Some shots were fired. The suspect was injured. The suspect in a local hospital in fair condition."
Timothy's father John got confirmation that his son was at Intermountain Medical Center where he had been transferred from the Emergency Room to a room on the 11th Floor but there John encountered IMC security guards and Murray Police Officers.
"They just told me I could be arrested or leave and they told me if I come back I'll be arrested for trespass," John Peterson told ABC4 News. "So he escorted me out of the building and I had to leave with no information...I wanted my to have my son get a Church blessing and just to see what his health condition was so none of that took place."
As of Friday evening, John, a 64 year old truck driver from Bluffdale had not seen or talked to Timothy, who he describes as a good hearted kid who has made mistakes, but he has talked to the man who was with Timothy and witnessed the shooting. Knowing he had warrants, Timothy gave a fake name and panicked when the officer asked for ID.
"Tim's friend said that Tim just turned and ran," John said. "And said the policeman just started chasing him and shooting at him....
I've heard he was shot twice. He was shot in the leg and in the butt but I've heard he was shot in the back so I don't know."
Sgt. Roberts would only release a few details, citing it as an "ongoing investigation".
"There were weapons found at the scene. He had misdemeanor warrants for his arrest," Sgt. Roberts said.
John says that Timothy does have misdemeanor warrants, "nothing serious enough to shoot somebody over" and claims neither Timothy or his friend had a gun.
"To me they're turning this thing to make it look like into something it wasn't because to me they're in error," John said.
A voicemail left for Sgt. Roberts Friday afternoon was not returned and Intermountain Medical Center says they have no record of a current patient named Timothy James Peterson.